Richland City Hall open for business in new location

The new three-story Richland City Hall is open for business, combining three aging facilities under one roof to allow for a one-stop shop for residents.

The merging of departments and business functions is expected to lead to improved communications, operations, efficiency, customer-employee relationships and safety, according to city officials.

The 44,185-square-foot building with a partial basement is made of steel, brick, glass and a concrete panel exterior with a mid-century modern design influence.

The building complies with Americans with Disabilities Act access guidelines.

Total project cost, including land, was $18.5 million.

The building at 625 Swift Blvd. is at the corner of Swift Boulevard and Jadwin Avenue just north of the Federal Building and down the street from Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Once vacated, the adjacent 60-year-old City Hall and annex building will be removed to make way for prime real estate property to further develop downtown walkable Richland. 

The new City Hall project is a long-planned component of the city’s Swift Boulevard Master Plan. Previous accomplishments include the Kadlec Tower expansion, the Columbia Basin College Health Science Building, the Richland Public Library expansion and construction of restaurants and private offices.

Concurrent with the City Hall project, the city is redeveloping Swift Boulevard itself to include bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, rain gardens for water quality and street trees to increase community livability.

The building was completed June 1.

Leone & Keeble Inc. of Spokane was the general contractor.

Architects West of Coeur d’Alene was the lead designer and architect, with Opsis Architecture of Portland serving as a design consultant.  

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